Statistical Games for Obamacare

The Obama administration has been caught telling lies again.  It was just last month that Jonathan Gruber was caught telling the truth about Obamacare.  Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, referenced “the stupidity of the American voter” making it necessary to write Obamacare in a “tortured way” so that Americans wouldn’t oppose it.

Gruber told the truth about his previous lies, not expecting his comments to go viral on YouTube.

Now the administration has been caught deceiving the American people with its reporting of the numbers for Obamacare.  It was previously reporting separate numbers for individuals who signed up for medical coverage and individuals who bought dental insurance.

But then in September, the numbers were reported that 7.3 million people had bought insurance through Obamacare.  But the numbers were reported differently, combining the medical and dental numbers.  If the numbers had been broken out as before, it would have showed that 380,000 people had bought dental insurance.

In other words, the administration was trying to inflate the Obamacare sign-up numbers, thinking nobody would notice, or that it would go unreported.

Of course, this is Obama’s legacy and it isn’t a very good one right now.  The Affordable Care Act has been an unaffordable act.  It has contributed to continually increasing premiums for health insurance for nearly everyone in the country.

Political Lies Aren’t What They Used To Be

One thing that strikes me about this story is that it goes beyond the disaster that is Obamacare.  It is also a demonstration of how times have changed.

In the past, politicians could lie frequently and mostly get away with it.  As long as the major newspapers and major television networks didn’t pick up on it, or didn’t report on it, then it was fine for the politicians.  They could usually depend on the media to stay on their side and keep quiet on certain things.

There is a show in Washington DC that Republicans and Democrats are vicious enemies.  I’m sure some of the political battling is real, but both major parties don’t ever do anything drastic to make people question the system.  It’s almost as if they have a secret agreement that they won’t spill each other’s dirty laundry too much.

Talking to some people today, they think that politics is worse than ever now.  They think that there are more lying politicians than ever.  They think there is more corruption than ever.  But I actually don’t think this is the case.  There have been lying politicians for a long time.  The difference now is that they are getting caught.

The funny thing is that many of these politicians and bureaucrats are not with the current times.  They don’t realize how much things have changed.  They think they can casually tell lies and that most people won’t notice.  They forgot about the internet and today’s world of instant communication.  They forget about video cameras on cell phones.

Gruber made those comments not expecting it to be all over YouTube and eventually on the news.  There gets to a certain point where even the so-called mainstream media can no longer ignore a story that is widespread, because doing so would make them look too biased.

The Obama administration tries to inflate the number of enrollees for Obamacare and they think nobody will notice.  Twenty years ago, they probably would have gotten away with it.  In today’s world, someone finds out and posts a story about it on the internet.  Now the administration is being forced to backtrack and admit the numbers were in error the way they were reported.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this statistical manipulation and deception going on.  Perhaps we should be surprised that politicians and bureaucrats aren’t learning that they are no longer protected the way they once were.

While some are disappointed in the lying and deceiving, I am actually encouraged.  It just means they are now getting caught.